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What’s the Correct Way to Pronounce “Caribbean”?

You've probably heard two distinct ways. Time to get to the bottom of it—is one actually right?


23 New Slang Words You’ll Be Hearing More of in 2022

Yolt is the new yeet. Brush up on these unofficial vocab words.


48 Words and Phrases Only Southern People Use

Your vocabulary is about to get a lot more colorful. Let's get a move on, y'all.


What Does the Saying “Close, but No Cigar” Really Mean?

I didn't ask for a cigar, so why are you telling me I don't get one?


11 Grammar Rules from the Past That We Should Bring Back

Yes, some grammar rules are antiquated and all but the strictest grammarians will be unfazed when they fall out of...


12 Pop Culture Grammar Mistakes Editors Hate the Most

We asked a jury of editors and linguists to judge the most glaring pop culture grammar glitches. But instead of...


13 Redundant Phrases You’re Probably Using All the Time

Do you use an abundance of redundance? An overflowing flow of superfluous surplus? Quit being so extra!


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Why You Shouldn’t Start a Sentence with Any of These 10 Phrases

Don't undermine your message, or your relationships, with these instant conversation-killers.


6 Romantic Words with No English Equivalent

Sometimes love defies language. Other times, just English.


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11 Grammar Mistakes Editors Hate the Most

You're grammar, its "alright"! Ugh! Get ready for the grammar pet peeves that annoy editors the most. Are you a...


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Why Is “Airplane” Also Spelled “Aeroplane”?

The spelling difference is more than a matter of personal preference.


Uninterested vs. Disinterested: What’s the Difference?

Do these words mean the same thing, or are they different? Well, both. Find out how to use them correctly.


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McDonald’s Almost Sued the Dictionary—Here’s Why It Didn’t

When the dictionary dared to diss them, McDonald's took it in stride. Sort of.



These Are 13 of the Most Frequently Used Idioms in the English Language

The cat's out of the bag! Here are the most common idioms under the sun.

12 Thesaurus Jokes Grammar Nerds Will Appreciate

Feeling qualmish, ill, and peaky? You must be ready for a sick joke!


Compliment vs. Complement: What’s the Difference?

Pay someone a compliment—or is it complement? Here's how to tell the difference and never make that mistake again.


How Many Words Are There in the English Language?

Of course, it's impossible to provide an exact number of words in English, since new words are being added to...


Only English Majors Will Know These 26 Words from the Thesaurus

How many of these lesser-known words from the thesaurus can you use in a sentence?


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If Latin Is a “Dead” Language, Why Is It Still Taught in Schools?

Latin might be a "dead" language, but it still has a lot of living potential.

Here’s How New Words Get Added to the Thesaurus

The book that saves your writing when you’re stuck has a story all its own. Here’s what you never knew...


This Is How the First Thesaurus Got Started

January 18th is officially Thesaurus Day, so why not dust off those giant tomes and do what writers do: Geek...


12 Grammar Rules That Could Go Extinct in the Next Decade

Basically, it's a full-throttle, grammar-busting, free-for-all in the next decade. GeT ReAdY 2 bReaK mo' RuLz. Punctuation purists beware!


Here’s the Correct Way to Use “Each Other” and “One Another”

Let's settle the debate: Do they or don't they mean slightly different things?


The 11 Words That Defined 2019

What sent people straight to their trusty online dictionaries this year? These telling words that are mostly derived from politics,...


12 Synonyms That Will Make You a Better Writer

Say what you really mean! Here are synonyms for 12 words it's time to quit using.